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Falcons Uniform History #87: You Could Be the Greatest, You Can be the Best

Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself, STANDING IN THE HALL OF FAME.

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The greatest Falcon to wear number 87 is more on the underrated side of NFL history, but is still one of the best pass rushers to step on a football field.

Claude Humphrey is that man, and was the 3rd overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft. Humphrey dominated his competition for over a decade, playing for the Falcons from 1968-78 and for the Eagles in 78-81.

Aside from the Gritz Blitz's historic season in 1977, Claude's career suffered from an overall lack of supporting talent. Double and triple teams met Humphrey on a weekly basis, and his game was impacted from a statistical standpoint. Despite this, he recorded 126.5 career sacks as a pro player, leading to six Pro-Bowls, five 1st-team All-Pro selections and three 2nd-team All-Pro, as well as a 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

Humphrey holds the Falcons all-time sack record, and hangs in the Falcons' Ring of Honor. Hopefully Vic Beasley can have a similar career for the dirty birds.

Thoughts or memories on number 87?